Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. These walkers took part in memory of Alison Botterill and Dr Binymin. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Hundreds of pink-shirted fundraisers – plus an 8-ft dinosaur – raised thousands of pounds for Queenscourt Hospice through their annual 10k Star Trekk walk through the streets of Southport. 

The popular annual event saw walkers wearing fuchsia pink shirts this year as they walked from Southport Pleasureland, along Marine Drive, past Silcock’s Funland and Silcock’s Carousel, along Lord Street, down Eastbank Street and Scarisbrick New Road, part Queenscourt Hospice, through Birkdale Village and then back to where they started. 

Many walkers were taking part in memory of loved ones, including a group walking for Alison Botterill and Dr Binymin (main picture).

Joanne Caddy, who works at Queenscourt Hospice, completed the 10k challenge in a huge dinosaur costume. 

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

A Queenscourt Hospice spokesperson said: “A huge thank you to everyone who came along and made our 17th Star Trekk so incredible on Friday night.

“Thank you also to the 80 plus volunteers who make this event possible – including volunteer marshals, front walkers, back walkers and registration volunteers 

“Massive thank you to our sponsors, Titan Mechanical Services, Slimming World Southport and iSight Clinics. 

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Walkers from Slimming World Southport with Dee, led by Consultant Dee Wright. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Walkers from Slimming World Southport with Dee, led by Consultant Dee Wright. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

“We also had some fantastic music from Southport Rock Choir, performing outside Queenscourt Hospice, Neville Grundy performing outside of the Woollen Pig plus Sandgrounder Radio and Sarah McGuinness warming everyone up before the Trekk! 

“Huge well done everyone.” 

Slimming World Consultant Gillian Bruce said: “It was great to see all the Slimming World consultants at Star Trekk. We all sponsored the event so well done Fiona Foulder, Pam Crossen, Stephanie Currie, Jayne Norbury, Dee Wright, and Sheila Bolton for supporting this event. Our logo was on all the t-shirts as a team of Southport Slimming World Consultants.”

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Slimming World Consultant Dee Wright said: “It has been an honour to support Queenscourt Hospice as one of the official sponsors with the other Slimming World Southport consultants this year! We all donated towards the cost of putting on the event in which over 1,000 people took part.

“It was an even greater joy to walk with members from our groups to raise money for Queenscourt, whose care for our loved ones will never be forgotten.

“We are very grateful to have a fantastic charity in our town! 

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

“It was a wonderful atmosphere and an evening of love and we were blessed with great weather!

“Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who support the event, it was so lovely to have you cheering us on!”

Writing on the Queenscourt Hospice Facebook page, Sarah Holden wrote: “What a fabulous event to be part of and beautiful weather for it. Well done to everyone who took part and the many people who made it happen.”

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Catherine McElhinney said: “Such a well organised event, thanks to all who made it possible.” 

Since Star Trekk began 17 years ago trekkers have raised over £915,000 for Queenscourt Hospice. 

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

The walk is a healthy, energising and fun event open to everyone, you can take part on your own, with family and friends, with your exercise class, with your work colleagues, with your school, the choice is yours. 

Many trekkers walk in memory of a loved one or because Queenscourt has supported them personally, while others take part for a fun night out and to raise money for their local hospice.

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Walkers take part in the 2023 Star Trekk event in Southport to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

All trekkers receive a t-shirt and a medal.

Do you have a story for Stand Up For Southport? Please message Andrew Brown via Facebook here or email me at: mediaandrewbrown@gmail.com

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